Morris Animal Foundation

Advancing the health of animals through science

Denver, CO   |  www.morrisanimalfoundation.org

Mission

Our mission is to bridge science and resources to advance the health of animals.

Ruling year info

1956

Principal Officer

Tiffany Grunert

Main address

720 S. Colorado Blvd. 174-A

Denver, CO 80246 USA

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EIN

84-6032307

NTEE code info

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

Raising & Fund Distribution (Tun)

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Animals globally face increasing risks to their health and well-being from human behavior and their natural environment. We work to advance animal health through scientific research in the causes and cures of infectious disease, climate-related illness, human population and environmental degradation in dogs, cats, horses and wildlife.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Golden Retriever Lifetime Study

The Golden Retriever Lifetime Study, the first of its kind for dogs, is a longitudinal study of 3,000 Golden Retrievers for which the goal is to determine the risk factors, incidences and ultimately advise improved treatment for cancer and other diseases in this and other breeds of dogs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Outstanding scientists are critical for improving the health of our pets and saving endangered species from extinction. Unfortunately, veterinary scientists are quickly becoming an endangered species themselves as fewer people enter research careers. Morris Animal Foundation has a stated goal to fill the pipeline for veterinarian-scientists by providing training grants that include: a) funding to introduce outstanding veterinary students to animal health research through established mentors (Veterinary Student Scholars program); b) providing a training mechanism for veterinarians to pursue an advanced degree, PhD, in veterinary research; and c) creating postdoctoral (post-DVM or post-PhD) training fellowships in research to advance animal health. We anticipate awarding 25 Veterinary Student Scholarships and 40 Postdoctoral Training Awards in Fiscal Year 2017.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Supporting scientific health studies to address critical health studies in cats and dogs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Supporting scientific health studies to address critical health studies in horses, llamas and alpacas.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Supporting scientific health studies to address critical health studies in wildlife.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of periodicals distributed

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Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Circulation (email list size) of monthly AnimalNEWS Tips & Tails, Fresh Scoop and Golden Retriever Lifetime Study x 12 issues per year.

Number of program graduates

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Related Program

Training Scientists Program

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Increasing

Context Notes

There were 20 Veterinary Student Scholar projects and 7 fellowships completed in calendar year 2019.

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Increasing

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Chapters or books written and published by our funded researchers.

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Number of different periodicals published

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Increasing

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Number of program sites

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Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Morris Animal Foundation has been improving the health of animals worldwide for more than 70 years. We were founded by a veterinarian and continue to be a science-driven organization, funding scientists conducting crucial animal health studies globally as well as our own research. We’ve invested more than $136 million in the pursuit of disease management and eradication, all to benefit animals. We’re responsible for the development of diagnostic tools, vaccines, new drug therapies and surgical techniques. We partner with leaders in animal health to build on existing knowledge, unlock new discoveries and bring revolutionary treatments into practice. From urgent health crises in our cats and dogs to solutions for long-term survival of endangered species, we never stop trying to change the lives of animals for the better.

We fund more animal health studies, in more species, in more places around the world than any other organization. At any given time, we have over 200 studies underway to address important health challenges, from conducting the largest cancer-focused study on dogs, to supporting research critical to save the endangered Mongolian saiga antelope. The knowledge gained from our research is shared freely so that animals can benefit from our scientific advancements as soon as they are available.

We arm animal health professionals with knowledge and support those beginning in the field. It’s going to take the best and the brightest minds to help our planet’s diverse animal communities thrive. To that end, we actively support the work of established researchers as well as promising young investigators. We are a leading provider of unbiased scientific information, and apply the highest scientific standards to achieve innovative solutions to health challenges – all to usher our animal kingdom into a healthier future. It was the dream of Dr. Mark L. Morris Sr., when he established the Foundation in 1948, to advance veterinary medicine and improve animal health. We continue to make that dream a reality every day.

Our strategies are to fund scientific studies that advance the health of dogs, cats, horses and wildlife, and to disseminate information about these studies to veterinarians to incorporate in their daily practice in the clinic and in the field.

Staff of 50, volunteer scientific advisory boards (90 total professionals), $82 million endowment, 70+ year history and track record.

We have invested over $136 million in over 2,780 studies directly affecting 300 species with 20,000 species benefiting from our research. We have studied more than 400 animal health problems, advancing diagnostics, treatments, preventions and cures. Next, we have the ambition to double our funding for animal health research, particularly as the work of science becomes more expensive to conduct. Major areas of investment will be cancer, emerging infectious diseases, and environmental and climate impacts on animal health.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Morris Animal Foundation

Board of directors
as of 3/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Walter George

G3 Consulting, LLC

Term: 2016 - 2019

Deborah Davenport

Hill's Pet Nutrition

David Morris

CEO, Zupreem

Patrick Long

Camelid Healthcare Services

Stanley Teeter

Retired

Colin Giles

Nexvet Biopharma

Cynthia Morris

Peterson-Arne

Bob Gain

BlackRock

Walter George

G3 Consulting, LLC

Amy Eagle-Thompson

Retired

Amy Hunkeler

Eye Care for Animals

Jay Mesinger

Mesinger Jet Sales

Vern Norviel

Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati

Chuck Stephens

Stephens & Associates Advertising

Bill Sutherland

Worldwide Marketing Operations

Donna Dambach

Kyle Offerman

Ann Moore

John Kuenzi

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/24/2021

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/24/2021

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.